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Concurrent times: the Brazilian historiography and the Journal of World History. Exchanges between Brazil and France (1948-1972).

Grant number: 17/15764-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2017
Effective date (End): September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Theory and Philosophy of History
Principal Investigator:Paulo Teixeira Iumatti
Grantee:Raphael Guilherme Gonçalves de Carvalho
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/03088-2 - Concurrent times: the Brazilian historiography and the Journal of world history: exchanges between Brazil and France (1948-1972), BE.EP.PD


This study aims to discuss the relationship between the Brazilian historiography and the Journal of World History(1953-1972), organized and published under the auspices of Unesco, Paris. The Journal, initially run by Lucien Febvre (1878-1956), represented a selection of essays for the ambitious project of drafting the Scientific and Cultural History of Mankind (SCHM), which started to be discussed in 1948, resulting in seven volumes between 1963 and 1969. It is intended to study the Journal, as well its preliminary meetings and committees, considered to be platforms of exchange of knowledge and culture, and sources for historians and other scholars to look for new meanings for history after the 1945 shift in modern historicity. Based on this, the relationship between distinct historicities around this Journal is critically debated. This analysis includes observing the exchanges between the Brazilian historiography and its French counterpart, its main interlocutor in that period, understanding the coexistence of different historian identities among Brazilians, and the professionalization of historiography in Brazil. The study outlines the presence of Brazilian scholars - Gilberto Freyre, Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Fernando de Azevedo, Alberto Venâncio Filho, Américo Jacobina Lacombe, José Honório Rodrigues, Antonio Candido - their background works, ties and relevance in the Journal (and in the SCHM). Then, the historiographic practices and the temporal forms employed in their writings are examined. This investigation is expected to offer a deeper understanding of some transformations of the Brazilian historiography, as it has been presented to the world on a platform of intense exchange of knowledge and convergent historicities.

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